NBC’s Saturday Night Live (SNL) kicked off its 47th season gently mocking high-profile Democrats such as President Joe Biden, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and several lawmakers in Congress.
“How was everybody’s summer? Mine was bad. Not Cuomo bad, but definitely not Afghanistan good,” began actor James Austin Johnson, who was announced as a new SNL cast member just last week. After President Biden’s inauguration in January, the show did not feature any impersonations of the politician for at least a whole month — a move widely mocked as partisan cowardice.
Johnson’s lines were a nod to both Cuomo’s resignation in August — in the wake of an investigation that found he sexually harassed multiple women — as well as Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal, which resulted in 13 U.S. service members killed, Taliban control of the Middle Eastern country, and a botched drone strike, which killed ten civilians, including at least